Monday, October 5, 2015

Power of Captain Atom Podcast #5

The 2nd Man in Space

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Power of the Atom Podcast #4

The Dooms From Beyond!

DC Bloodlines Podcasts - Power of the Atom Podcast #4 - "The Dooms From Beyond!"

The fourth episode of the Tiny Titan's mini-podcast looks at November-December 1961's Showcase #35 featuring a Mighty Mite Mystery requiring The Atom, courtesy of Gardner Fox, Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson. Text version here.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Power of Captain Atom Podcast #3

Introducing Captain Atom

DC Bloodlines Podcasts - Power of the Atom Podcast #3 - "Introducing Captain Atom"

The third episode of POTAcast takes its cues from the blog and turns over its space/numbering to co-star Captain Atom! We cover the debut of Charlton's Atomic Age Action Hero in March 1960's Space Adventures #33, near-identically paralleling the anthology bow of the Tiny Titan (off by one issue and predating it by more than a year!) courtesy of Joe Gill and Steve Ditko. Text version here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Power of the Atom Podcast #2

Battle of the Tiny Titans!

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The second episode of the Mighty Mite's mini-podcast looks at the second story from October 1961's Showcase #34 featuring the debut of Ray Palmer in his costumed identity as The Atom! "Battle of the Tiny Titans!" comes courtesy of Gardner Fox, Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson. Text version here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Power of the Atom Podcast #1

Birth of the Atom!

The debut episode of a sporadic podcast covering The Tiny Titan... The Mighty Mite... the Silver Age shrinking super-hero Ray Palmer in his original story by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson from Showcase #34 (October 1961). Text version here.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Captain Atom in Super-Team Family: The Lost Issues

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Work demands and my waning interest in covering DC Comics characters has put a damper on this blog, plus there's now a new avenue focused exclusively on our good Captain called Splitting Atoms functioning with much greater quality and quantity than I can currently muster. At the same time fanfic collage artist Ross has stepped up his usage of Captain Atom at Super-Team Family... The Lost Issues, so I figured I could and should do one group entry for the hero. It was fairly easy to pick which of the three to use as a spotlight image here, because I'm frustrated by two of them. I've never liked the Human Torch, so that was a non-starter for me, while the Doctor Solar pairing featured counterintuitive references. Featured Captain artist Dan Jurgens had a run on Solar when it was published by Acclaim, and Bob Layton has drawn both Solar and Captain Atom professionally, but the images used combined the very dissimilar Jurgens and Barry Windsor-Smith (plus Valiant's Solar was named Phil Seleski.) The Thing piece worked much better at creating the illusion of merged worlds, plus it's just plain cool.

...More Lost Team-Up Issues...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2013 The Atom “We Can Be Heroes: Modesty” silhouette by Steve Garcia

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I quite like the idea behind these inspirational silhouettes, but can often nitpick elements of execution. For instance, how do you not assign Namor the Sub-Mariner the defining adjective of "Imperious?" In the case of Ray Palmer, Garcia has the weight of canon on his side in calling Ray Palmer "Modest," based on his depiction of insecurity during his stay with the Satellite Era Justice League. During Blackest Night, Ray was inducted into The Indigo Tribe, which is defined by Compassion, as referenced by two of Garcia's variant interpretations of the Tiny Titan. The thing is though, the Atom was one of the first Leaguers to kill and kill often (see Sword of the Atom and Power of the Atom,) not to mention torturing suspects for information (Cry for Justice.) If you look at the original Ray Palmer Atom stories, the Mighty Mite was not motivated to action by altruism, but by Palmer's desire to prove himself and win an accomplished, fashionable, attractive trophy wife in Jean Loring (only to neglect her once she was "his.") I like Ray Palmer because he's the exact opposite of his Marvel counterpart, Hank Pym. Ray's an indifferent egotist driven by personal satisfaction who has rejected pleas for memberships to Justice Leagues he saw as beneath him and could happily dismiss the civilized world in favor of indulging fantasy camps. He's a little jerk, but very capable and compelling. Not unlike Namor, come to think of it.

“We Can Be Heroes”